Motorbike rider survives after clothesline crushes his throat in freak accident

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A man is treated at Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital, after having his windpipe and gullet cut by a clothes line in the southern province of Tay Ninh on February 26. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong

Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City have successfully saved a 19-year-old man who was hospitalized with damaged windpipe and gullet, after being stricken by an out-of-nowhere clothesline while riding pillion on a motorbike. 
The victim, A Tam, was taken to Cho Ray Hospital with a bruised and swollen neck last week, having difficulties breathing. 
The severe injuries in his trachea and esophagus were detected and treated during an emergency surgery.
The young man, who was rushed to the leading trauma hospital from the southern province of Tay Ninh, is now recovering. 
Doctors at first feared that his vocal cord might have be damaged, but Tuoi Tre newspaper reported on Tuesday that he started to speak again. 
Media reports said Tam was riding a motorbike with his friend through a rubber farm in Tay Ninh last Thursday when the accident happened.
His friend saw the metal laundry line and managed to duck it, but Tam was completely unaware of the wire and got stricken.
A Cho Ray doctor told news website VnExpress that his hospital admitted a couple of victims in rare accidents similar to this one every year.

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